Discover the Neighbourhoods of Washington DC
Beyond being the capitol of the United States, Washington, DC
and its neighbourhoods are home to nearly 800,000 residents. Join us in exploring the majestic memorials, picturesque streets, diverse culture and iconic sights and distinct experiences that await you. Whether you’re interested in shopping, culinary adventures, historic monuments, artistic scenes or Major League Baseball, the Capital of the Free has discoveries to be made for everyone. Take a peek below as we delve into a few of this city’s dynamic neighbourhoods.
Historic, colourful and boasting an unparalleled music and nightlife scene, U Street is a vibrant hub for visitors to Washington, DC. Rich in African American influences, jazz and go-go are staples of this neighbourhood. Don’t take the trip without leaving room for a meal. Take a food tour through this neighbourhood and experience a wide range of delicacies, from soul food to Italian, Ethiopian to boozy milkshakes. Make sure to stop at the world-famous Ben’s Chili Bowl which is home to DC’s signature dish, Ben's Famous Chili Half Smoke.
There is nothing more iconic than the National Mall. Well known for the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial, no trip to this side of the United States is complete without exploring this distinctive area. However, take a step backwards and you’ll find an abundance of museums. From the National Gallery of Art, to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, there is an impressive line-up that cannot be found elsewhere - and guess what? Most of these world renown museums are also free of charge.
Combining historic charm and upscale modernity, Georgetown is a favourite of both tourists and locals. Here you can find M Street, well known for it’s retail scene which offers mainstream stores, art galleries, independent small businesses and high-end designers. You can also take a break from shopping to tour stunning 18th
century mansions or discover the dazzling scenes in Georgetown Waterfront Park.
Adams Morgan is one of Washington DC’s most culturally diverse neighbourhood, known for its nightlife and eclectic dining scene thanks to all the restaurants and bars dotting down the 18th
Street corridor. It is also the place where historic row houses are along side a wide variety of independently owned stores. By day the neighbourhood bustles with families and creative types lounging in one of the cafes, by night visitors and locals can sing and dance their night away at countless bar and live music venues.
Southwest Waterfront: Capitol Riverfront and The Wharf
The Southwest Waterfront is one of the most historic areas in the city. It’s home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market, houseboats and a vibrant riverfront community offering panoramic views, ample boating and kayak activities and easy access to Washington DC’s most beloved monuments and memorials. At the same time, it’s also poised to become one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods with The Wharf, a new waterfront dining and entertainment destination with plenty of activities and things to do.
Right next door sits Capitol Riverfront, originally home to the Washington Navy Yard. This area has now been moulded into a haven for sports and nature lovers. Here you’ll find the home of the Washington Nationals, champions of the National baseball League East in 2016 and 2017. If you’re more into nature, The Yards Park is an ideal place for recreation to break up your city sightseeing in Washington, DC.
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